1501 Inspiron - to reinstall the op sys from the EISA boot sector - what f* keys?

Posted on 2009-07-14
Last Modified: 2013-11-17

Or is it alt and an f key?
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CTRL + F11 during boot
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According to the manual on the Dell support site, it is Ctrl and F11 function key:
Using Dell PC Restore by Symantec

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Ive tried so many times to no avail.

Im double checking it has an EISA partition by booting with an XP CD.
Will report back

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It has vista.

It has
-: Partition1 Fat 110 mb
d: Partition2 (recovery) NTFS  
c: Partition3 <os> ntfs  

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Tried 15 times.
Im hitting CTRL then f11
and constantly tapping it

just boots to windows :-(

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External KB time

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OK, it is a different process with Vista systems.
Please refer to

1. During boot, press F8
2. In the Advanced Boot Options, choose Repair Your Computer
3. Specify the language
4. Log in as a local admin account
5. Click on "Dell Factory Image Restore"
6. Click next
7. Click to select the "Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition check box"
8. Click next
9. Wait for it to finish, and click "Finish"

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arixsin thanks. I Was so close to using a reinstall DVD which = wayn.  Download missing drivers etc.

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No problem, glad to help

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